It is important to Dr. Schoemann that each of his patients feel well-informed and confident about their choice for plastic surgery. Therefore, during your initial consultation at Schoemann Plastic Surgery, he will take time to perform a full examination of your breasts, listen as you describe why you are seeking breast augmentation, talk to you about the different surgical options available, and answer any questions you have regarding the procedure.
What Should I Do in Preparation for a Breast Augmentation?
Before you visit Dr. Schoemann for your breast augmentation procedure, you will need to prepare by visiting your primary care physician to ensure you are healthy enough for elective surgery. You will also need to arrange for a trusted friend or family member to bring you to your appointment, and stay with you for 24 hours. Be sure to stop using tobacco products for at least 2 weeks before your scheduled surgery date, stop using aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs that could lead to excessive bleeding, and adjust your daily medications as directed.
How Long Does a Breast Augmentation Procedure Take?
Breast augmentation generally takes between 1-3 hours, depending on the choices you make for your procedure. All breast augmentation procedures are performed in our cutting-edge, on-site, AAAASF-accredited surgical facility, which allows Dr. Schoemann the ability to work as efficiently and effectively as if he were in a traditional hospital setting.
What Is a Breast Augmentation Like During Surgery? Is It painful?
Breast augmentation surgery is not painful. This is because Dr. Schoemann administers general anesthesia during the actual procedure to ensure his patients are completely asleep while he works. General anesthesia not only puts patients to sleep, but it ensures they do not feel anything either.
It is important to point out that while you will not feel anything during your actual surgery, once the effects of your anesthesia wear off, you may begin to feel uncomfortable. To avoid discomfort or pain after your surgery, begin taking the pain medication provided by Dr. Schoemann as directed and on a schedule, so you remain comfortable.
What Should I Expect in Terms of Recovery After A Breast Augmentation?
Your recovery after breast augmentation will take several months. However, you will begin to see your final results within 6 weeks once the postoperative swelling in your breasts has subsided. Upon your discharge, you will receive a detailed list of postoperative instructions from Dr. Schoemann, which should be followed carefully to ensure you remain healthy during your recovery and avoid postoperative complications.
How Long Will the Results Last? Will I Need to Replace My Breast Implants in the Future?
On average, breast augmentation results last 10-20 years. However, there are lifestyle factors that can affect the duration of your results, including:
- Extreme weight loss or weight gain
- Aging skin
- Smoking and other tobacco use
While it is not always the case, there are instances in which breast implants may need to be replaced:
- You are unhappy with their appearance
- Capsular contracture
- Your implants have moved within the breast pocket
- Implant rupture
- You have pain or discomfort caused by your breast implants